NEWS RELEASE                                   OCTOBER 2011

CSPR Boosts the NOx Market in U.S. While European Market Slows

The market in the U.S. for NOx control systems is hot as the plains states scramble to meet the requirements of the new CSPR regulations. The European market has slowed due to the financial crisis and liberal interpretation of EU rules. The Chinese market continues to expand robustly. These are the most recent conclusions in NOx Control World Markets published continually online by the McIlvaine Company.

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Chinese power plant selective catalytic reduction systems account for an appreciable percentage of the total.  However, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea also represent an appreciable replacement market.

The gas turbine market will not be as robust in 2012 as it will be in the several subsequent years. A number of the gas turbine installations in the U.S. involve peaking turbines. Special catalysts or cooling systems are required for this application.

The European market has been reduced by the decision of the lignite power plants in Germany to meet the limits with combustion control rather than backend control equipment.  The danger is the potential impact on fuel cost and efficiency.

Cement kilns are a promising growth area.  Some plants in Europe are now equipped with SCR and many plants in Europe and the U.S. are utilizing SNCR.

Catalyst manufacturers are experiencing high utilization of their production facilities. Catalyst life in coal-fired power plants is five years or less. Therefore, the replacement business now exceeds that for catalysts for new power plants. China has added substantial catalyst manufacturing capability but presently all the manufacturers have backlogs.

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